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IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE
(Dollars in thousands)
|Government-wide .22% rescission pursuant to P.L. 106-554||...||...||(293)|
|Adjustments to base|
|Increases (see p. 95)||...||11||1,523|
|Decreases (see p. 95)||...||...||(80,740)|
|Program changes (detailed below)||...||...||74,618|
|2001 Appropriation||2002 Base||2002 Estimate||Program Changes|
|Comparison by activity and program||Perm.
|Construction and Engineering||93||81||$133,009||93||92||$53,792||93||92||$128,410||...||...||$74,618|
|Program Changes||Perm. Pos.||FTE||Amount|
|Border Patrol Construction||...||...||$42,728|
Border Patrol agent growth continues to strain capacity at existing Border Patrol facilities along the border. While considerable levels of Construction program resources have been appropriated, still more new facilities must be constructed to accommodate continued agent growth, and to continue the replacement of deteriorating and antiquated facilities. The FY 2002 Border Patrol Construction request will allow INS to complete construction on those projects for which funds were previously provided, and continue investment in Border Barriers.
Projects ($42,728,000) --
|Detention Facility Construction||...||...||31,890|
A total of $31,890,000 is requested to support the planning and construction of additional detention bed space. The total number of apprehended illegal aliens consistently exceeds available detention space due to many factors: average length-of-stay per detainee; lack of reliable bedspace availability; and the success of INS Inspectors, Investigators, and the Border Patrol in apprehending illegal border crossers.
INS' detention and removal efforts will suffer if additional reliable bedspace is not created. In many INS Districts, contracting for detention space is not a viable option considering the remoteness of the locations in which INS operates, and the prospect that other law enforcement agencies also are seeking to use scarce state/local bedspace.
The FY 2002 budget continues the multi-year Southwest border initiative at critical border points, such as El Paso and Port Isabel, TX, El Centro, CA, and in Florida. Successful border enforcement operations all along the border necessitate additional detention space, particularly at the INS-owned SPCs. Accompanying this detention bed increase is the need for support space, such as asylum offices, attorney-client rooms, and laundry space, sufficient to accommodate the increasing detainee levels. This FY 2002 detention construction request addresses some critical shortcomings at existing facilities that not only provides for better detainee management but also, will augment the safety of staff and the at-large detention population. Detention facility Master Site Plans, designed to lay out detention construction requirements, have been formulated for many of the SPCs, and now serve to guide the detention construction program.
|Total Program Changes, Immigration and Naturalization Service Construction||...||...||74,618|
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